Deadly Ebola virus and threat to Sri Lanka – News1st investigates

Deadly Ebola virus and threat to Sri Lanka – News1st investigates

Written by News 1st

08 Aug, 2014 | 11:26 am

Ebola, a viral hemorrhagic fever, is one of the deadliest diseases known to humans, with a fatality rate in this outbreak of between 50% and 60%. It is spread through contact with the bodily fluids of Ebola patients showing symptoms.

Liberian soldiers have set up a blockade stopping people from western regions affected by the Ebola outbreak from entering the capital, Monrovia.

It follows the country’s president’s declaration of a state of emergency to tackle the outbreak that has killed more than 930 people in West Africa this year.

In Sierra Leone the security forces have now imposed a complete blockade of eastern areas hit by Ebola. With the spread of the Ebola virus being reported, News1st spoke to the Director of the Epidemiological Unit of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Paba Palihawadana with regard to impact the virus would have on Sri Lanka. Please watch video.

 

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